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Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

1. Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

Awaiting the visitors is a walk-in tropical house, natural history information on cocoa, exhibits from the pre-Columbian cultures of Central America, an important porcelain and silver collection from the Baroque period, as well as numerous old machines from the time of industrialisation. In a glass chocolate factory and in the chocolate atelier, visitors can experience how chocolate products are made industrially, but also individually by hand. And: there is a 3-meter-high chocolate fountain in which 200 kg of delicious chocolate constantly bubble up for tasting. Tasting is expressly encouraged!

Cologne: Brewery Tour with Three "Kölsch" Tastings

2. Cologne: Brewery Tour with Three "Kölsch" Tastings

Explore the beautiful city and history of Cologne in a fun and interactive way. Visit the famous breweries and taste 3 Kölsch beers during the tour. You can choose from a private or group tour and soak in the brewing culture of the city. Take part in a tour where the guides have the freedom to choose which breweries to take you to. Allow these Kölsch connoisseurs to make decisions based on the group dynamic, ensuring that everyone is entertained and satisfied Begin your experience near the cathedral's grand entrance by the Kreuzblumen monument. Start the thirst-quenching journey to 3 different breweries, where you will taste 3 delicious local beers to find the one that best suits you. Learn about the breweries and the local brewing culture as well as taste hundreds of years worth of brewing experience. Visit traditional breweries such as the 700-year-old Brauhaus Sion, as well as younger upstarts like Früh am Dom, Cologne's largest.

Cologne: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

3. Cologne: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

Set out on a thrilling journey with TimeRide and experience the undestroyed Cologne and the fascinating lifestyle of the legendary twenties! Together with the charming hatter Tessa and the Cologne streetcar driver Pitter, you will discover the exciting time after the end of the First World War, the British occupation, and the Spanish flu. Your time travel in three steps: · The Cinema: In the 1920s, more and more movie theaters evolved into massive movie palaces. The cinema was a ubiquitous and glamorous part of everyday life and an important source of information. Step into our “Lichtspielhaus” and take a seat together with the fine society: an entertaining short film in the style of that time will show you the historical development of Cologne in the twenties. · The Hatter's Store: In the hatter’s store of the Riedschneider family you will dive together with Tessa into the world of glamorous fashion of the twenties. In the 1920s, everyone wore a hat and the choice of hat said a lot about the wearer! In the lovingly decorated store, the art of wearing and making hats is illustrated using numerous originals from the Diefenthal family of hat makers in Cologne. You’ll also learn more about Tessa’s urgent special order… Will her important delivery arrive on time at Neumarkt thanks to Pitter? · The VR-Ride: The highlight of your journey back in time to 1926: On your virtual ride with the first electric Cologne streetcar, you will experience the beauty of the city before its destruction in World War II. With your VR goggles, you’ll enjoy a 360° panoramic view and discover iconic landmarks of old Cologne, many of which have disappeared or are barely recognizable today: Cologne Cathedral’s surroundings at the time, the old main train station, the Schauspielhaus theater, the city hall led by Konrad Adenauer, and much more. At Neumarkt, your trip ends in the colorful carnival hustle and bustle with a “Grand Finale”.

Cologne: 'Himmel and Kölle' Musical Tickets

4. Cologne: 'Himmel and Kölle' Musical Tickets

Experience an unforgettable evening with a ticket to the award-winning "Himmel and Kölle" show at the Volksbühne, Cologne's oldest surviving theater. The top-class cast with German musical stars is looking forward to your visit.  Heavenly, sexy, and truly Cologne: The young priest Elmar is transferred from the Swabian province to Cologne. On one wild night, the Catholic model pupil forgets all the commandments.  After a sinful trip through shisha bars and breweries, Elmar has to realize: Against a Saturday night in Brussels Square, Sodom and Gomorrah was an oasis of calm. "A rousing, funny good-mood piece," wrote the World on Sunday about Himmel und Kölle, "A mega show", says Eko Fresh. 2022 Cologne voted Himmel und Kölle "Cultural Event of the Year" at the 2021 German Musical and Theatre Awards.  The musical was awarded in 4 categories: Best Ensemble Performance, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Producer.

Cologne: Hard Rock Café with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner

5. Cologne: Hard Rock Café with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner

Feel like a rock star with preferred seating and skip-the-line entrance at the Hard Rock Cafe Cologne – get the party started! Pick up some unique Hard Rock souvenirs in the Rock Shop and enjoy a delicious meal. Treat yourself to an authentic American atmosphere and dine on classic selections from the following menu: Gold Menu (2-course): Choice of main course - • Original Legendary burger (black Angus steak) • Moving Mountains burger (vegan) • Grilled chicken sandwich • Twisted mac, chicken, and cheese pasta • Grilled chicken caesar salad • Tupelo chicken tenders Dessert - • Brownie Choice of beverage - • One soft drink, coffee, or tea Diamond Menu (3-course):  Starter - • Fresh salad Choice of main course - • Original Legendary burger (black Angus steak) • Moving Mountains burger (vegan) • Smoked BBQ combo • Grilled salmon • Twisted mac, chicken, and cheese pasta • Steak salad • BBQ chicken Dessert - • Chocolate cake Choice of one beverage -  • One soft drink, coffee, or tea

Cologne: WWII Historical Sites Private Guided Walking Tour

6. Cologne: WWII Historical Sites Private Guided Walking Tour

"Join us for the engaging and informative WWII tour in Cologne Old Town. Your Private Guide will make sure you get the best experience. Although 95% of the city centre was destroyed during WWII, there is still plenty to see for the war history lovers. During this walking tour you will follow the traces of WWII and hear from your Private Guide tons of facts and stories about this dark period. The tour will start at the top highlight of Cologne, the Cathedral. Despite many bullet holes it survived the bombing and remains the witness of dark times. You will discover the tragic story of the nearby Trail of Remembrance and memorial Stumbling Stones, the small copper plaques in the pavement. You will find out how roman sewers beneath Cologne were used in WWII. Strolling in the Old Town streets the Guide will take you to the St. Alban Church ruins, the Memorial Hindenburgbrücke and Dombunker. Walk further north-west and find out about the bombarded St. Kolumba Church. A separate highlight to explore is the NS Documentation Center, known as EL-DE House. It was the former headquarters of the Gestapo (secret police) turned into a virtual ""place of terror"". The basements of the house had been used as prison cells and torture rooms for forced laborers and political enemies. Over 1800 inscriptions made on the walls by the prisoners can still be viewed today. The upper floors with Gestapo offices represent administrative terror and an evil system created by Nazis. Choose the basic 2-hours option to walk in the Old Town and track places connected to WWII history with a passionate and knowledgeable private 5-Stars Guide. Your guide will make sure that you spot all highlights. Discover much more in a 4-hours tour, which offers in addition 2-hours private visit in the EL-DE Haus. Learn about Nazi terror in Cologne. Your 5-Stars Guide will show you around with thorough explanations."

Cologne: Guided Walking Tour to 3 Old Town Breweries

7. Cologne: Guided Walking Tour to 3 Old Town Breweries

Discover the Cologne beer scene during this guided walking tour of the Old Town in Cologne. Stop at 3 breweries to sample a selection of the city's signature brew, Kölsch beer. Admire the sights in the old town as you walk through narrow alleyway and down cobbled streets. Meet your guide at the centrally-located meeting point at Heinzelmännchenbrunnen which is a 19th-century fountain and sculptures depicting a legend concerning gnomes. Make your way through rows of traditional houses and catch romantic glimpses of the imposing Cologne Cathedral. Stop at each brewery and listen as you guide takes you back in time with vivid stories while you enjoy a refreshing glass of fresh Kölsch beer. Hear about the special features of this drink and its history.  Let your host take you to breweries like Früh am Dom, Sion, Peters, Bierhaus in der Salzgasse, Pfaffenbräu, Sünner im Walfisch, Dom im Stapelhaus, or Päffgen in the Delfter Haus. End your tour near the vibrantly colored buildings in Heumarkt.

Cologne: Private Walking Tour of City Center

8. Cologne: Private Walking Tour of City Center

Discover some of Cologne’s most relevant sites on a private walking tour in the city center. Wander along the river Rhine, gaze at the Cologne Cathedral, and cross the Hohenzollern Bridge while chatting with a local guide. Begin the tour in front of the city’s famed cathedral and take in this hallmark, historical structure that lies adjacent to the Rhine. The cathedral is the city’s second tallest building and boasts the title of UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, take the opportunity to see the Dionysus Mosaic, which dates from around A.D. 220 and is the centerpiece of the Roman-Germanic Museum. After checking out the mosaic, stroll along the Hohenzollern Bridge, which overlooks the Rhine, and snap some photos to capture this memorable experience. From the bridge, continue the tour in Cologne’s Old Town and experience its unique historical appeal. Take in the traditional old housing and local breweries, which are located directly along the Rhine. As you pass through Old Town’s narrow alleys, next stop at the Great St. Martin Church located at the city’s historical fish market. Observe the church’s distinctive design that has shaped Old Town’s skyline throughout the years. Next pass by the Willi Ostermann Fountain and then stop by the historical Cologne City Hall, famous for its Renaissance façade. After that check out the city’s largest shopping strip, Hohe Street, where everything can be found from electronics to clothes and shoes. Wrap up the walking tour by stopping at Heinzelmännchen Fountain, a monument dedicated to a local myth about little people who used to work all night so the people of Cologne could take it easy during the day.     

Cologne: The Dark Side of the City Walking Tour

9. Cologne: The Dark Side of the City Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walk through Cologne and discover the dark side of the city as you hear about rogues, kidnappers and other rapscallions. Stroll through the streets and marvel at the famous cathedral, St. Andrew's Church and other sights. Start with the talking punishments of the Middle Ages and follow the manifold deeds, judgements and punishments down to our own day. Who was the last poisoner sentenced to death in Germany, and who was the vampire of Düsseldorf ? Do heads really roll in Cologne at carnival ? Where was the red light at home in Cologne and what did Romy Schneider have to do with Cologne pimps? Enjoy a spooky city walk you won't forget. Go home with lots of interesting facts about Cologne's ghoulish past and stories about this sometimes dark, sometimes red-lit city.

Cologne: Medieval Churches Private Walking Tour

10. Cologne: Medieval Churches Private Walking Tour

"They say that there are as many churches in Cologne as there are days in a year, so on this original tour we will show you the city's most historically and architecturally important sacred buildings! Discover interesting facts and legends about religion in Germany. Your 2-hour tour begins right in the heart of Cologne’s Old Town, at the lively Old Market Square. This is where you will find Great St. Martin Church, one of the city’s 12 Romanesque churches. Step inside this magnificent building to enjoy its tranquil atmosphere and hear its story, from the original Roman chapel, through a Benedictine monastery, to WWII damages and reconstruction. A few steps away you will find Cologne Cathedral, the city’s most famous monument. Admire its spectacular Gothic architecture and find out why the Cathedral is important not only to Cologne’s Christians but also Jews. See also the Baroque-style Kirche Mariä Himmelfahrt and the Romanesque-style Basilica of St Ursula, which houses a shrine made of real bones. The final stop will be at the medieval Basilica of St Gereon, which has one of the largest and most beautiful domes in Europe."

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based on 88 reviews

A successful tourist event with interesting content on the brewing culture of "Kölsch" as well as illuminating the history of the three locations visited during their inspection in an always very easy to understand, eloquent and at the same time fun-accented rhetoric of our guide, Stefan! The booked 2 hours passed (unfortunately) like flying! All the more a great addition to the other activities during our short break in the metropolis on the Rhin!

This was one of our favorite activities in Cologne. Other plans fell through so my adult daughter and I chose this as a convenient spur of the moment activity. Great choice. It is a 3 part activity, all sitting, which was a relief for our feet. The historical aspect is fascinating and the VR event was amazing. Relax, don’t feel self conscious about looking around. You’ll understand when you go.

It was a super nice tour that was a lot of fun. We experienced and learned a lot, got to know cool breweries and were able to taste delicious Kölsch. We would definitely book it again and can only recommend it.

Nice to learn more about the history of Cologne in a casual way and while enjoying a beer. Max is a very nice storyteller!

Great tour with very good guides, and excellent beers.